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South Dakota State University
Music Department
South Dakota
Posted: 04/20/2017
Instructor of Group Piano Lessons and Collaborative Pianist

The South Dakota State University Department of Music invites applications to serve as a part time Instructor of Group Piano Lessons and Collaborative Pianist, beginning Fall 2017.  This position is a nine-month, part-time position (.37 FTE) in the Department of Music. 

The primary duty of the Instructor will be to teach group piano to undergraduates in a piano lab. The successful candidate will also support the scholarly agenda of the department by supplying  accompaniments as assigned.      

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  A completed Master’s degree in Piano; Experience teaching in a class piano setting and performing as a collaborative pianist; Effective written and verbal communication skills and effective interpersonal skills.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:  A completed Advanced degree in the discipline.   


Commensurate with qualifications.


SDSU is a land grant institution and the state's largest institution of higher education with an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students.  The Department of Music is housed within the College of Arts and Sciences.  With 14 full-time faculty and approximately 120 majors, the Department offers curricula leading to the Bachelor of Arts in Music (with specializations in Music Studies and in Music Entrepreneurship), and the Bachelor of Music Education.  The department will move in to a new facility in December, 2018.      

SDSU is located in Brookings, South Dakota, a community of approximately 18,000 near the east central border of South Dakota and Minnesota on Interstate 29.  The city has an excellent K-12 education system, is accessible to major medical facilities, has an active cultural and social environment, and has numerous lakes and parks within driving distance.  It is 50 miles north of Sioux Falls, a city of 150,000.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by May 16, 2017. 

APPLICATION PROCESS:   SDSU requires applications through an on-line employment site.  To apply, visit:, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this posting.”  The system will guide you through the electronic application form.  The employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement; Curriculum Vitae; and reference page with the contact information for three professional references.  In addition to speaking to the candidate’s experience in vocal performance and instruction, the cover letter should also speak directly to the candidate’s ability to conduct men’s ensembles, and to teach conducting courses.  Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if assistance with the online application process is required.  In addition, this application requires relevant recordings displaying the candidate’s skills as a collaborative pianist.  Recordings should be sent directly to Dr. Emily Toronto, Chair of the Search Committee, South Dakota State University, SLM Box 2212, Brookings, SD 57007-0897.

SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations.  Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, a criminal background check.  

For questions on the position, contact Emily Toronto, Chair of the Search Committee at  (605) 688-4614 or